P2_3 A Tapered Tower

Jasdeep Anand, Alex Buccheri, Michael Gorley, Iain Weaver


This paper evaluates the possibility of building a space elevator from a mechanical standpoint; calculating the yield stress and required density of a homogeneous material that such a structure would ideally need. It is concluded that a tapered tower made from carbon nanotubes may potentially be feasible.

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